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The Role of Local Media in Taiwan’s Elections

Taiwanplus: Taiwan is holding its national elections on January 13. All eyes are on the races, but Taiwanese voters may not be getting their fix from local news channels.

On this episode of #ZoomInZoomOut, TaiwanPlus reporter Louise Watt sits down with Chiaoning Su. Chiaoning is a journalism scholar and associate professor at Oakland University. We first zoom out to look at Taiwan’s media landscape, then zoom in to analyze how low trust in news overall impacts Taiwan’s democracy.


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Headline news: the Sahel, an information desert (French)

RFI: The Sahel has become “a desert of information and a graveyard of journalists”: that was the summary of a France 24 report broadcast last November to mark the tenth anniversary of the assassination near Kidal (northern Mali) of our colleagues Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon. And this sad observation was taken up and developed this morning by Le Monde Afrique.

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BURKINA FASO: Burkina Faso’s youth utilize free-speech sanctuaries 

DW: Away from classrooms, Burkina Faso’s ‘grins de thé’ are where the hottest debates take place. Young minds untangle political knots, defy language edicts and dream of a bolder future for their nation — over cups of tea.

BURKINA FASO: Journalism in times of crisis: “We’ve managed to turn Burkina Faso’s media into communications agencies” (Moussa Sawadogo) (French) 

Burkina 24: The Gathering of Intelligence for African Sovereignty (RISA) reflects on the practice of the profession of journalism in times of crisis, through a panel this Saturday, January 13, 2024 in Ouagadougou. 

BURKINA FASO & MALI & NIGER: “The disappearance of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso from the international news radar masks the suffering in the Sahel”. (French – Payroll) 

Le Monde Afrique: Like everyone else in the region, journalists are caught between the hammer of the military juntas and the anvil of the jihadist groups,” explains editorial writer Philippe Bernard in his column. 

BURUNDI: UJPLA calls on Burundian courts to release journalist Floriane Irangabiye (French) 

Confidentiel Afrique: The 10-year imprisonment of Burundian journalist Floriane Irangabiye is causing a stir among pan-African press defence organisations. The Union of Journalists of the Free African Press, led by the emblematic figurehead of the Ivorian press, Mr Yao Noël, is calling for her immediate and unconditional release.

CHAD: Internet connection still disrupted in Chad (French) 

DW: According to the mobile phone companies, this situation is due to the cutting of the only optical fibre from Cameroon to which Chad is connected.

CHAD: UJT discusses media reform with journalists in N’Djaména (French) 


DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: RSF, several media and international personalities call for the release of Stanis Bujakera

RSF: Alongside the media Jeune Afrique and Actualité.cd for which Stanis Bujakera works, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is once again calling for the release of the Congolese journalist, who has been held since 8 September 2023. 

EGYPT: Egyptian journalists demonstrate in solidarity with Palestinians to mark 100th day of Israeli war 

Ahram online: In commemoration of the 100th day since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza, the Journalists’ Syndicate held a solidarity demonstration on Monday under the slogan “100 Days of Aggression: Stop the War, Prosecute War Criminals.”

GHANA: ​​Season of intimidation: Attacks on Ghana press escalate ahead of 2024 polls 

Al Jazeera: Ghanaian journalists become targets of political actors and security operatives ahead of 2024 elections.

NIGERIA: Adeola Fayehun: I chose journalism as profession to make Nigerian politicians accountable 

The Cable: Adeola Fayehun, a Nigerian broadcaster, says she chose journalism as a profession to hold the nation’s politicians accountable

NIGERIA: 2023, year of assault on journalists 

The Guardian Nigeria: Media practitioners, analysts and observers have described 2023 as year of assaults and impunity against journalists.

SOMALIA: IFJ condemns assault on media freedom in Somaliland and calls for immediate release of detained journalist 

IFJ: Somaliland security forces forcefully entered the headquarters of MM Somali TV, assaulting journalists and abruptly ending a televised debate on X space as well as damaging broadcast equipment during a raid on January 6, 2024.  

SOUTH AFRICA: Call to scrap TV licences

MyBroadband: AfriForum says TV licences must be scrapped, and the SABC should be privatised.

SOUTH AFRICA: Warning over TV Licences in South Africa

Business Tech: Civil action group Outa has warned that the government’s three-year delay in finding an alternative to TV Licences in South Africa will likely put the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) into deeper financial peril.

SOUTH AFRICA & ISRAEL: How journalism like TNA’s underpins Gaza genocide evidence used by South Africa at ICJ

The New Arab: Journalists have played a crucial role in exposing Israel’s crimes in Gaza to the world. Their work is being used in the historic genocide case at The Hague.

ZAMBIA: IPI welcomes enactment of the access to information law 

IPI: Authorities must put in place adequate mechanisms to facilitate the law’s effective implementation

REGIONAL: Africa Media Monitoring December 2023: Threats to press freedom in Mozambique, DRC and Sierra Leone (Report) 

IPI: One journalist murdered in Mozambique in murky circumstances, while incidents of state-sponsored censorship, physical attacks, and arrest of journalists topped the list of press freedom violations.

REGIONAL: REJI, the network for investigative journalism in Africa, publishes an investigation into migration issues (French) 

RFI: Created on 1ᵉʳ November 2023, the Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon network for investigative journalism (REJI), has just put its second survey online. Following on from freedom of the press, the journalists and technicians who took part and won the Dupont-Verlon scholarship investigated migration issues.

CHINA: Global Watch | China’s war on journalism: Largest prison for journalists in the world

Firstpost: One of the main targets of China’s attempt at aggressive control over Hong Kong is the region’s journalists and media, that has seen a drastic shift since the 2019 protests. 

HONG KONG: How independent media is navigating Hong Kong’s closing press freedom environment  

IJNet: Hong Kong is no longer the bastion of press freedom in the Asia Pacific it once was. 

Since Beijing imposed the National Security Law (NSL) in July 2020, newsrooms have been raided, journalists arrested, and news outlets shut down.

INDIA: Editors Guild expresses concern over draft broadcasting Bill

The Indian Express: The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry had on November 11, 2023, published the draft Bill that seeks to regulate OTT platforms, news portals, and YouTube journalists.

INDONESIA: Meeting with the Managing Director of RRI, Minister Anas Encouraged HR Transformation and Digitalization of RRI (Press release – Indonesian) 

Pan RB: Minister for Empowerment of State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform (PANRB) Abdullah Azwar Anas is encouraging efforts to improve governance and transform Human Resources (HR) as well as digital transformation at the Public Broadcasting Institution (LPP) Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI). 

INDONESIA: Tomorrow, Jokowi Groundbreaking Logistics Warehouse and RRI Studio at IKN

CNBC Indonesia: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will inaugurate the construction or groundbreaking of 10 projects in the Archipelago Capital (IKN), East Kalimantan, tomorrow. This was stated by OIKN Deputy for Funding and Investment Agung Wicaksono in a press conference, Tuesday (16/1/2024). 

JAPAN: ‘What Will You Do, Ieyasu?’: NHK’s Annual Taiga Drama Is The Biggest Japanese Primetime TV Series You’ve Never Heard Of

NHK: Welcome to Global Breakouts, Deadline’s fortnightly strand in which we shine a spotlight on the TV shows and films killing it in their local territories.

KYRGYZSTAN: Leading Kyrgyz News Agency Raided, Managers Taken For Questioning (Watch)

RFE/RL: Security agents in Kyrgyzstan raided the Bishkek offices of the news website 24.kg on January 15 and took the outlet’s director-general, Asel Otorbaeva, and chief editor, Makhinur Niyazova, away for questioning. 

MALAYSIA & INDIA: Indian cabinet approves broadcasting pact with RTM (27 December) 

The New Straits Times: The Indian cabinet has approved the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between India’s Prasar Bharati and Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) in November.

PAKISTAN: Media affirms support for gender equality 

IFJ: Media stakeholders and leaders at press clubs, unions, and prominent news outlets across Pakistan have pledged to address barriers to women’s leadership, inclusivity, and equal representation through a series of sign-ons. The messages of support come following groundbreaking Women’s Media Forum Pakistan (WMFP) campaigning and mapping work in support of gender equality in Pakistan’s media.

PAKISTAN: No ban on airing poll-related programmes: ECP tells LHC

Pakistan Press Foundation: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday disposed of the petitions against the ban imposed on airing surveys and other general elections-related programmes after the counsel for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) told the court that there was no such bar on airing poll-related programs before the election day.

SINGAPORE: Mediacorp radio’s weekly listenership grows to 3.9 million: Nielsen survey

Radioinfo Asia: According to the latest Nielsen Radio Survey, Mediacorp’s radio reach grew to a record 3.9 million weekly listeners in Singapore.  The national media network commands 82.2% of the radio market share and owns eight out of Singapore’s top 10 radio stations.

SOUTH KOREA & NORTH KOREA: North Korea halts radio broadcasts and curbs exchanges with South: Yonhap news agency

The Straits Times: North Korea stopped operating a radio station used to send coded messages to its agents in South Korea, the Yonhap news agency said on Jan 13, the latest sign the isolated country is shaking up the way it handles relations with Seoul.

SRI LANKA: 15 Years Later, Sri Lanka Continues to Deny Justice to Murdered Journalist

Just Security: This week marks the 15th anniversary of the brutal assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge, one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent independent wartime journalists and the editor of The Sunday Leader.

TAIWAN: Media Watch: How is Taiwan fighting China’s disinformation campaign?

Radio Free Asia: The year leading up to Saturday’s presidential election in Taiwan has been fraught with disinformation from China.

TAIWAN: When electoral misinformation gains momentum (Chronicle – Listen – French) 

RFI: Disinformation has become an increasingly important variable in elections. We can see it in Taiwan, and we can fear it in Europe and the United States this year.

THAILAND: 16th anniversary of Thai PBS, reinforcing 5 promises to public media, values ​​that are tied to the people. (Press release – Thai) 

Thai PBS: On January 15, 2024, the Public Broadcasting Service of Thailand (TPA) or Thai PBS organized an activity on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the founding of Thai PBS as an organization. Thailand’s first public media

AUSTRALIA: ABC federal politics reporter resigns over Gaza coverage

Sydney Morning Herald: Nour Haydar, a political reporter in the ABC’s Parliament House bureau has resigned over concerns relating to the national broadcaster’s coverage of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, as well as its treatment of culturally diverse staff.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Sydney staff threaten to strike over termination of radio host Antoinette Lattouf

The Guardian: ABC journalists in the broadcaster’s Sydney offices have threatened a walkout unless management addresses concerns over the handling of the termination of radio host Antoinette Lattouf.

AUSTRALIA: Antoinette Lattouf dismissed over Human Rights Watch post: ABC

Sydney Morning Herald: The public broadcaster says Antoinette Lattouf’s short-term radio hosting contract was terminated early because she shared a controversial social media post.

AUSTRALIA: SBS welcomes Nakul Legha as new Scripted Commissioning Editor (Press release)

SBS: SBS has announced that Nakul Legha has joined the network as Commissioning Editor in its award-winning Scripted team.

AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s gambling regulator calls for ad ban after being ‘bombarded’ by worried parents.

The Guardian: Victoria’s gambling regulator is calling for the Albanese government to ban wagering ads after being “bombarded” with complaints, including by parents who have discovered that their children are secretly gambling.

FIJI: UniFiji journalism program developed for mainstream

FBC News: The University of Fiji has today officially inaugurated its Journalism and Media Studies program facility at the Samabula campus.

NEW ZEALAND: Political editor quits TVNZ for top ANZ bank corporate role

NZ Herald: Jessica, then … who? TVNZ enters the new year looking for a new political editor. Who are the likely candidates?

ALBANIA: SPAK must respect source protection in case of journalist Elton Qyno 

IPI: IPI signs joint letter after legal decision to uphold order to seize electronic equipment of journalist after publication violated judicial ban

AUSTRIA: ORF General Director Weißmann invited leaders of churches and religious communities to exchange ideas (Press release – German) 

ORF: The diverse voices of the churches, faith and religious communities in Austria are of central importance, not only in view of the current social and societal challenges. Their diversity reflects Austrian society and contributes significantly to the peaceful coexistence of all people in Austria.

AUSTRIA: ORF puts political discussion formats to the test (German) 

Der Standard: ORF General Director Roland Weißmann has commissioned the new ORF editorial team to “evaluate all political talk formats,” explains an ORF spokesman. The previous head of these formats, Matthias Schmelzer, is giving up the role at his own request and wants to devote himself to new tasks in ORF information. 

AUSTRIA: What connects the ORF contribution with a cast on health insurance (German) 

Der Standard: Media scientist Matthias Karmasin on the meaning of public broadcasting and the necessary reform of committees and program mandate 

AUSTRIA: What if ORF.at didn’t exist? ORF commissioned reports (German) 

Der Standard: The ORF has commissioned a report from German media scientists on how the discontinuation of ORF.at would affect other media. The newspaper association VÖZ is “surprised that the ORF uses fee money for such hypothetical investigations.”

BULGARIA: Pro-Russian disinformation in Bulgaria achieves its goals, experts say 

Euractiv: Pro-Russian disinformation in Bulgaria has created a huge division in society and prevents the state from quickly making strategic foreign policy decisions, the leaders of the most influential fact-checking organisations in the country told Euractiv Bulgaria.

BELARUS: Belarusian Journalist on Trial for Covering Protests, Faces Years in Prison 

VOA: A Belarusian journalist went on trial Friday on charges linked to his professional work covering protests, the latest move in a government crackdown on dissent.

BELGIUM: RTBF launches its operation: “Every voice counts!” (French) 

RTBF: Elections are a meeting between citizens, between voters and the candidates who will carry their votes. In 2024, we will be voting twice: on 9 June for the regional, federal and European elections, and then on 13 October for the municipal and provincial elections. RTBF is committed to this election year.

CROATIA: Croatian government’s bill to clamp down on leaks criticised by opposition, media workers 

Euractiv: An upcoming bill proposed by the ruling HDZ party that seeks to amend the penal code to introduce jail time of up to three years for leaks from court investigations was criticised by opposition MPs from the Možemo! Party on Sunday, who argued that the new bill allows for wiretapping.

CROATIA: Croatian Journalists, President, Slate Media Law as Blow to Free Speech

Balkan Insight: Croatian journalists’ union and country’s President condemn proposed law penalizing leaks from investigations as an attack on freedom of speech and the public interest.

FRANCE: “Faced with OpenAI, the French press is getting organised”. (French) 

Le Figaro: “We are the suppliers of raw materials for this new generative artificial intelligence (AI) industry, and it’s high time we were recognised as such,” insists Emmanuel Parody, General Secretary of Geste, the federation of French online press publishers.

FRANCE: France Médias Monde’s 2024 budget marks the launch of new developments  (French) 

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GIBRALTAR: Exhibition celebrating GBC’s 60 years making TV and radio programmes opens at Gibraltar art gallery (Paywall) 

The Olive Press: AN exhibition that celebrates Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation’s 60 years making television and radio programmes will run until the end of January. 

GERMANY: Cologne’s Deutschlandfunk high-rise will be placed under monument protection (Press invitation – German) 

Deutschlandradio: On January 29, 2024 at 1 p.m., Deutschlandradio director Stefan Raue will present the sparkling monument at a media event and provide information about the background to the protection. 

GERMANY: Revealed: Secret media plans of the New Right (Listen – German)

Deutschlandradio: A “Correctiv” research shows how AfD and others want to fight the public media and build up right-wing influencers. At a secret meeting, very specific implementations were planned for this, says editor-in-chief Justus von Daniels.

GREECE: The erosion of media freedom in the birthplace of democracy (Analysis) 

IPI: While steep decline in press freedom may have petered out, myriad of challenges remain

ITALY: Harassment, economic instability and lack of support: the hard life of women journalists in Italy (Analysis) 

The Fix: A new report sheds light on the precarious condition of Italy’s women journalists. We look at the problems and what can be done. 

ITALY: “How much does RAI pay for Lucarelli ?”. The League is preparing a parliamentary question

Il Giornale: The media case on the alleged suicide of Giovanna Pedretti shows no signs of stopping. The restaurateur, who ended up in the eye of the storm for what is probably a false review, may not have withstood the pressure of attacks and insults.

POLAND: MFRR reasserts recommendations for democratic reform for press freedom and public media (Statement) 

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joins the undersigned partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today renew their call for democratic and comprehensive reform to Poland’s public broadcasters which creates systematic safeguards to limit the ability of all governments, future and present, to meddle in editorial or institutional independence of the country’s public media.

POLAND: President pardons state TV hosts convicted for defaming abortion and LGBT activist 

Note from Poland: President Andrzej Duda has issued pardons to two stars of state TV under the former conservative government who were found guilty of criminal defamation against a prominent activist for abortion and LGBT rights.

POLAND: The right on the streets against the new management of the public media (Listen – French) 

RFi: In Poland, the public media’s transition to independence is not going smoothly. On Thursday afternoon, demonstrators responded to a call from PiS nationalists to protest against the new management of public television, appointed by the new Minister of Culture. 

POLAND: TVP Polonia, Alfa TVP and Belsat TV return to digital terrestrial television (Press release – Polish) 

TVP: On the night of January 12-13, Polish Television programs will be switched in multiplex six (MUX-6) of terrestrial television. From January 13, the offer for TVP viewers on terrestrial television will consist of 15 programs in HD quality. 

PORTUGAL: Solidarity with strikers from Global Media Group 

IFJ: Global Media Group (GMG), one of the largest media organisations in Portugal, is facing severe managerial difficulties impacting the future of the company and damaging labours’ rights. Job security and media pluralism are at stake, warns the Portuguese Union of Journalists (SinJor). 

RUSSIA: “Reporting War Crimes Trials Was Not My Plan. Then Russia Invaded.”

IWPR: How a journalist from Kherson dedicated herself to the arduous but essential task of covering court cases.

RUSSIA: Russia’s Fake News About Ukraine, Explained (Listen) 

VOA: Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, observers say Moscow has significantly stepped up the spread of fake news about Ukraine. Ksenia Turkova looks at what topics Russia has focused on and at some of its most outlandish claims. VOA footage by Alexander Zimukha.

SERBIA: Entire Editorial Staff of Prestigious Serbian Magazine NIN Quit

Balkan Insight: All the journalists and editors from the revered weekly magazine have walked out, citing fears that the new owner will change its concept – and will start a new publication.

SLOVAKIA: RTVS ceremoniously opened the creative center – audiovisual workshop ARTÉNA in Banská (Press release – Slovak) 

RTVS: Today in Banská Bystrica, RTVS ceremoniously opened the premises of its first creative center in the region.  

SLOVENIA: The board of RTV Slovenia dismissed the board member Simon Kardum (Slovenian)

RTV SLO: At an extraordinary meeting, the Council of RTV Slovenia dismissed Simon Kardum, a member of the board of the institution, who submitted his resignation on December 29. Kardum expressed the hope that politics will one day realize the importance of the institution.

SPAIN: RTVE and the Teatro Real renew their collaboration agreement (Press release- Spanish) 

RTVE: Both institutions will continue to collaborate in the promotion and dissemination of arts and culture over the next four years

SWEDEN: Demonstration for higher freelance fees at daily newspaper

IFJ: Some 50 freelance writers at Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) have long been in negotiations with management about their fees. A demonstration supported by the Swedish Union of Journalists was held on Friday 8 December outside SvD in Stockholm following the break-down of negotiations, which had started in the spring of 2023.

SWEDEN: Hanna Stjärne on the savings package: “It will be tougher” (Swedish)

Dagens Media: SVT’s CEO Hanna Stjärne says that the public service company has so far saved 40 million of the 200 million kroner to be cut.

SWEDEN: SVT comments on debate article about the organization of public service (Press release – Swedish) 

SVT: The independent public service association (OPS) writes in a post on DN Debatt on January 12Link to other website that an investigation should be set up to review the organization of public service operations and whether SVT, SR and UR should remain three different companies. 

UK: Cash-strapped BBC sells off Elstree home of ‘EastEnders’

The Financial Times: The BBC has agreed to sell the Elstree studio complex that is home to soap opera EastEnders to French insurance company Axa, providing a financial boost of up to £70mn for the cash-strapped broadcaster.

UK: Save money on your phone, broadband, and pay-TV bills in 2024 (Press release) 

Ofcom: Now that we’ve rung in the New Year, many people are thinking about ways to save money in 2024. Household budgets continue to feel the pinch amid rising living costs – so it’s important to find out if you can cut costs on your phone, broadband and pay-TV bills.

UK: Why the Traitors online game is a new frontier for the way we watch TV

The Guardian: For at least a decade, television producers tried to tap the popularity of video games and digital interactivity for their programmes.

UKRAINE: Three journalists injured in Russian missiles strike

IFJ: On the evening of 10 January, a Russian missile attack damaged the Park Hotel in Kharkiv, injuring Anadolu reporter Davit Kachkachishvili, photojournalist Özge Elif Kızıl, and Ukrainian fixer Violetta-Anastasia Pedorych and other civilians. 

UKRAINE: Who tried to intimidate prominent journalist Yurii Nikolov?

EFJ: Ukrainian investigative journalist Yurii Nikolov said on Monday that he received a visit from unidentified people threatening him. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and its affiliates in Ukraine, NUJU and IMTUU, call on the Ukrainian authorities to identify the perpetrators of the threats and ensure the protection of the journalist.

REGIONAL: Beyond online disinformation: assessing national information resilience in four European countries (Journal) 

Springer Link: As social media is a key conduit for the distribution of disinformation, much of the literature on disinformation in elections has been focused on the internet and global social media platforms. 



ARGENTINA: The Federation of Press Workers presented an amparo against the DNU and in defense of the public media (Spanish) 

Canal Abierto: FATPREN and SiPreBA today requested in court that Télam, National Radio and Public TV be preserved as State companies, “in defense of information sovereignty.” The media workers denounce the “unconstitutionality of the decree as a violation of article 99.3 of the Constitution.”

ARGENTINA: They described the presence of the Federal Police in public media as “bullying” (Spanish) 

Télam: The head of the Argentine Federation of Press Workers and deputy secretary of the Buenos Aires Press Union, Carla Gaudensi, said that the police operation “attacks freedom of expression and the normal functioning of the media.”

BRAZIL: Canal Gov launches new portal and application (Press release – Portuguese)

EBC: The way we consume news has changed and Canal Gov brings news to citizens. The news that impacts Brazilians’ lives is now accessible on a new, more interactive portal and on a free mobile app. 

BRAZIL: This Brazilian fact-checking org uses a ChatGPT-esque bot to answer reader questions

Nieman Lab: In the 13 months since OpenAI launched ChatGPT, news organizations around the world have been experimenting with the technology in hopes of improving their news products and production processes — covering public meetings, strengthening investigative capabilities, powering translations.

COSTA RICA: Costa Rica’s presidential saga: scandals, secret recordings, and the struggle for press freedom

The Costa Rican Times: In Costa Rica, a land known for its lush rainforests and tranquil beaches, President Rodrigo Chaves is embroiled in a web of controversy as he navigates the choppy waters of his 20th month in power. Recently, leaked audio recordings have sparked a firestorm, exposing controversial tactics against the media and plummeting the president’s approval ratings.

CUBA: Cuban authorities arrest Radio Marti journalist

Voice of America: A contributor to Radio Marti was arrested Tuesday morning by Cuban authorities in Havana, the station’s parent organization said in a statement.

EL SALVADOR: As journalism is criminalised, this podcast spotlights the voices of Salvadorian reporters

International Journalists’ Network: Showing the most human face of journalists and connecting their personal stories with those of their audiences is one of the challenges of a new podcast from El Salvador’s Revista Elementos.

ECUADOR: Armed intruders take over TV studio live on air

DW: Ecuador’s security crisis deepens as armed men storm a live TV show, firing shots and causing panic. The attack comes just after the new president’s emergency declaration, highlighting the country’s escalating violence.

ECUADOR: TV studio hostages recall terror of on-air attack: ‘It is very easy to kill journalists in Ecuador, too easy

El Pais: About 20 hooded men with masks, weapons and dynamite took over the TC Television studio in the middle of the newscast. The journalists talk to EL PAÍS about the trauma of the assault

GRENADA: Media workers boycott PM press conference

Jamaica Gleaner: Media workers in the main Friday adhered to a request from the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) and boycotted a news conference called by Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell to introduce members of his new Cabinet following his first major cabinet reshuffle 24 hours earlier.

GUATEMALA: How family of Guatemalan journalist bore brunt of repression 

Voice of America: Doctors were carrying out an autopsy on Jose Ruben Zamora Marroquin when they detected small signs that the journalist was hanging on to life.

HAITI: Haitian press leaves behind a less deadly year, but remains in grave danger

Inter American Press Association: Journalist murders decreased in Haiti in 2023 compared to the previous year, but the local press continued to be a victim of crimes, kidnappings, and multiple threats due to high levels of instability and violence prevailing in the country.

HONDURAS: UNESCO director general condemns killing of journalist Francisco Ramirez Amador in Honduras

Unesco: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, has condemned the killing of journalist Francisco Ramirez Amador in the city of Danlí, El Paraíso province, in Honduras on 21 December 2023.

MEXICO: A new kind of history lesson: Mexico, 1921: A Deep Slumber makes you a journalist during the a revolution

The Guardian: Focusing on power and politics, this Mácula Interactive docu-game draws on muralists, an assassination and newspaper reporting in painstakingly historically accurate detail

MEXICO: Mexico’s heroic journalists are increasingly under mortal threat (Opinion)

The Washington Post: On Dec. 15, 2022, Ciro Gómez Leyva, one of Mexico’s most prominent journalists, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Mexico City. Two men on a motorcycle fired directly at his armored SUV as he was driving. Were it not for the advanced armored glass, the bullets would have surely killed him.

IRAN: Iran frees Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, jailed for covering Mahsa Amini death

BBC: Iran has freed two female journalists jailed for more than a year for covering the death of Mahsa Amini, which triggered nationwide protests.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: At least eighty-nine journalists and media workers killed in Gaza 

IFJ: At least eighty-nine Palestinian journalists and media workers have been killed, several have been injured and others are missing during the war in Gaza. 

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: IFJ calls on the Israeli government to lift ban on foreign media to enter Gaza

IFJ: On 9 January, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Foreign Press Association (FPA) in Jerusalem to allow independent access for journalists and media workers in Gaza, citing “security concerns”. 

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: IPI call to action: The international community must act urgently to protect journalists, civilians in Gaza and the region (Statement) 

IPI: The IPI global network calls on the international community to take urgent and immediate action to ensure the safety of all journalists in Gaza and the region. 

TURKEY: Turkey’s top court delivers another ruling against internet censorship

SCF: Turkey’s Constitutional Court has found rights violations in an access ban imposed on news websites Yüksekova Haber and Zap Haber in 2016, adding to a series of judgments against Turkish authorities’ online censorship, the Bianet news website reported on Monday. 

YEMEN: Yemeni Journalists Harassed and Jailed in 2023, Say Press Freedom Organizations

OCCRP: The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) reported 82 violations against journalists, media workers, and media outlets in 2023, with just over half  attributed to the Yemeni government and its agencies.

CANADA: ‘Accurate, fair, unbiased information’ is a public right, argues Lisa LaFlamme

CBC/Radio-Canada: As a journalist, Lisa LaFlamme says reporting the truth has always been at the core of how she approaches a story. But she adds, “the truth is muddy. Democracy is muddy. And it’s bloody.”

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada announces the appointment of Dany Meloul as Executive Vice-President, Radio-Canada (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Dany Meloul is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new Executive Vice-President of French Services, the national public broadcaster today announced. Ms. Meloul has been serving in this position in an acting capacity since October 2023. Previously, she served as General Manager, Television since October 2019.

CANADA: CBC and Radio-Canada raised millions of dollars in holiday campaign for families (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: During the holiday season, CBC and Radio-Canada helped food banks to feed people in need.

US: After a grueling 2023, here are 4 predictions for the media in 2024

NPR: Given how turbulent 2023 turned out, saying it was a challenging year for media feels like the understatement of the decade.

US: Airing of Trump’s fusillade in full is a reminder of his media advantage

The New York Times: The coverage was a stark reminder that the former president’s legal troubles offer an outsize media platform as he pursues the Republican nomination.

US: Senate Hearing on AI and the Future of Journalism

Tech Policy Press: The journalism crisis in local news, and how the rise of generative artificial intelligence may exacerbate it, prompted a hearing in the US Senate on Wednesday dedicated to identifying risks and ways to mitigate them.

US: Sheila Johnson, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Joins PBS Foundation Board of Directors (Press release)

PBS: PBS announced the election of entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author of a new memoir Sheila Johnson to the PBS Foundation Board of Directors. 

US: ‘The tide has turned’: why parents are suing US social media firms after their children’s death

The Guardian: Social media firms have faced scrutiny from Congress over their impact on young users, but parents who have lost kids to online harm are now leading the charge

US: Three trends that will shape media strategy in 2024

Digital Context Next: How do media companies respond to the biggest strategic challenges facing them in the year ahead? Here are three key recommendations…

7 things newsroom managers can learn from beekeeping  

Poynter: Two public radio news editors and beekeepers see similarities between keeping bees and managing journalists.

As independent local news publishers reimagine business models, they face a fresh set of challenges

Poynter: News outlets like The Food Section, CivicLex and Conecta Arizona are blazing trails in local publishing — with plenty of new obstacles along the way.

Before becoming a novelist, Virginia Woolf became a journalist (History – French)

RTBF: Widely celebrated for her work as a novelist, essayist and editor, Virginia Woolf has not often been recognised as a journalist. And yet, as early as 1904, she was publishing her articles in popular newspapers, sharing her political commitments with the world.

Covering climate change through a solutions and data lens

IJNet: Covering climate change through a solutions lens is picking up steam in the media. This is not about telling positive, pat-on-the-back stories about the environment. This model uses investigative techniques and data that rely on scrupulous reporting, to identify policies and practices to help mitigate the crisis. 

Fact-checking journalism is evolving, not stagnating 

NiemanLab: “Misinformation is not like plumbing, a problem you fix. It is a social condition, like crime, that you must constantly monitor and adjust to.”

Five pressures facing Indigenous journalists (and what to do about it)

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: In the past five years alone, Indigenous journalists have uncovered multiple allegations of human rights abuses in settler colonial countries. These stories have exposed allegations of police brutality, the disappearances and murders of Aboriginal women, land theft, deaths in custody, racist media coverage and failures to repatriate human remains.

Five things news media can do to respond to consistent news avoidance (Book excerpt) 

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: “The meaning of news to citizens is deeply tied in with the communities to which they belong,” argues this excerpt of a new book on the topic. 

Harnessing AI to drive positive change in the newsroom 


How AI Could Act as Boost for Investigative Journalism

VOA: Investigative journalism is a costly enterprise at a time when the industry is in financial decline. The use of AI offers a cost-effective way to aid investigative reporting. And while technology has long been used to aid journalism, the arrival of Open AI’s ChatGPT has renewed focus on the possibilities that AI offers.

How journalists can protect against Slapp cases and other legal threats 

The Fix: SLAPPs are a legal instrument used by powerful and influential people or entities to muzzle their critics from publishing materials considered critical. The main aim of a SLAPP is to bully, harass, or intimidate journalists and activists into silence. 

In a Big Election Year, Media Must Build Trust, Fight Disinformation (Watch) 

VOA: With more than 40 countries including the U.S. holding national elections in 2024, analysts say artificial intelligence, disinformation and journalism safety will be the biggest issues for newsrooms. 

Journalists Need To Be Protected From Cyber Threats (8 January) 

Tech Policy Press: War is raging in Ukraine and Gaza. The United States is headed for another tight, and heated, presidential election. Political upheaval is taking place in countries around the globe. And journalists are tasked with covering it all, despite the rise in threats to their physical and digital security, which are often connected.

Leading tech journalist quits Substack over platform’s Nazi newsletters

The Guardian: Platformer, a prominent tech newsletter founded by the veteran reporter Casey Newton, is leaving Substack over the company’s failure to police extremist content.

Media and artificial intelligence: initial assessment and outlook for 2024 (Chronicle – Listen – French) 

RFI: iIn 2023, the tech world was abuzz with excitement about artificial intelligence (AI), with the development of ChatGPT, Bard and MidJourney. The media world was not left behind. To take stock, L’atelier des médias has invited back two experts on the subject who appeared on the programme last year: Olivier Martinez and Gérald Holubowicz.

The power of memes, young people’s perception of news – overview of recent research (Research summary) 

The Fix: A roundup of three research papers on the news media industry

Trust is not a “useless metric” – we just need to understand it better

Journalism.co.uk: Different audiences have different criteria for news organisations to meet in order to be trusted. It is up to us to find out what those requirements are

What editors want (beyond a good story)

IJNet: What makes a journalist truly stand out in the eyes of an editor, aside from presenting a compelling and suitable story idea? Herrera and Lewis provided tips based on their extensive experience and insights to answer this question.

What is OSINT, the open investigation technique? (French) 

RTBF: […] A Swiss Army Knife for investigative journalism. […] Other satellite imagery services and air or sea traffic plotters, open to all, provide many valuable and relatively reliable details. A real goldmine for investigative journalists and other fact-checkers. 

What universities should do to prepare students for a journalism career

IJNet: “What sort of journalism do we need to teach?” is the question at the heart of a new book Challenges and New Directions in Journalism Education.

WorldDAB’s mission in 2024

Radioinfo Asia: New WorldDAB President, Jacqueline Bierhorst, has set out her vision for the next year and beyond.

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